In a city that has made great efforts to preserve its traditions, letterpress printing is one tradition that has all but disappeared in Kyoto. One of the rare exceptions is Juppunya (十分屋) located near Kyoto City Hall. Juppunya is a small family business that prints up business cards, invitations, and other paper announcements.

In operation for about fifty years, their print jobs now include a lot of digital work. However, if you prefer to order a set of letterpress printed business cards, Yamaguchi-san or his father will take care of that for you. And if you’re in a hurry, they’ll even do it while you wait. It’ll take about ten minutes or so — hence their shop name Juppunya (Ten Minute Shop).

Juppunya’s Heidelberg letterpress